how can i stop my acid reflux without taking pills


Nikki - posted on 02/15/2010




I have horrible acid reflux and have had 4 ulcers and been hospitalized twice.

I found what helped me best was Diavol (sp) it's liquid form you can find it in the pharmacy next to gravol and tums. It coats your throat and helos instantly

Also cut out tomatoes and any spicy foods. Try to avoid salt and seasoned foods.

Unfortunately the blander the better

AVOID ADVIL, ANY IBUPROFEN IT TEARS APART YOUR STOMACHE and was why I ended up in the hospital in the first place.

Erica - posted on 02/15/2010




I have taken digestive enzymes with meals and it really helps. You can get them at the health food stores. My doctor recommended taking them since I didn't want to take medicine everyday. Hope you get relief soon!

Abbie - posted on 02/15/2010




Get adjusted by a chiropractor. Are you pregnant? If you are, its pretty common not sure if there is much out there that helps. If you smoke, that is a huge factor!! I had horrible heartburn when pregnant, so i would get adjusted as needed, worked wonders for me.

Sabrina - posted on 02/15/2010




I was able to stop taking zantac, which I was on for several years, by taking digestive enzymes with each meal and acidophilus (SP?) with each heartburn on-set. Haven't had to take them in years. These are available at your health food store, but get something quality from the local earthy-crunchy store rather than GNC.


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Virginia - posted on 02/08/2014




to all my acid reflux sufferers , i have had it for years been on countless meds, nothing would work and yes anxiety and stress can bring it on but the only thing that works for me and it works on the spot is this natural stuff i found at a health store, called Calm, it is flavored and it tastes like a fizzy drink,,,i guarantee it will work...GOOD LUCK

Kimberly - posted on 03/13/2010




Be sure that acid really is the problem. More and more doctors are finding out that it's not too much acid that's the problem, its not enough acid. Apple cider vinegar works wonders!

Tara - posted on 02/15/2010




My mom has acid reflux much worse than I do (she has to sleep semi-upright in a recliner) and she swears by apple cider vinegar (drink it half and half with water - a couple of teaspoons usually works). I used this trick when mine got worse with pregnancy and it worked a charm for me.

Brandis - posted on 02/15/2010




Alright, I know the pickle juice thing sounds totally stupid, but I have to say it works for me... not for reflux but for heartburn and indigestion. But that's not what I have to say that's helpful. If you're pregnant, take tums and drink soy milk, and do all the things others have suggested (probiotics, small meals, cut out fried foods, etc). Soy milk has calcium carbonate in it, which absorbs stomach acid (same stuff that's in tums). Sleep in an elevated position if possible. I had really strange reflux when I was pregnant- I had reflux without heartburn, which is rare. Basically I had no burn or discomfort except for a gaggy feeling, then there would suddenly be grossness coming up. Yuck, I know.

Bridget - posted on 02/15/2010




When I was pregnant I always had the worst heartburn, it wasn't until my 3rd child that I learned about drinking lemon water. I know it sounds like the exact opposite of what you want to do, but it really does work. I would take a fresh lemon and squeeze half into about 10 oz of water and drink that. I can't remember who told me this but they said that when you drink the lemon water it changes the ph in your stomach and is like an alkali which stops the acid. I just looked up a few things, I pasted a link with some information regarding lemon water. Best of luck....oh and a few easy things...smaller meals, less greasy meals (not good for you anyway), and don't lay down shortly after eating wait a little while. I used to sleep propped up on a bunch of pillows.

Brittany - posted on 02/15/2010




Thank you moms!!

I have had acid reflux even before I got pregnant but it still continues!!! I totally avoid any acid foods such as orange juice, pizza, pasta etc. Even when I think I'm doing everything the right way it still finds it way back to me!!!!

Kimberly - posted on 02/15/2010




I really feel for you! I've had severe acid reflux for several years and no insurance to go to the doc. Twice I had to go to the ER cause the pain was soo bad, I thought I was having a heartattack. I have been self medicating for a long time with certain foods and herbal remedies. Hopefully one of these will work for you.
Stick to smaller, more frequent meals
Cut back on saturated fats... especially deep fried
Dont eat before bedtime or to take a nap
Avoid spicy foods, onions, citrus juices or tomatoes (juice or sauces)
Don't take aspirin, ibuprofen,or naproxen unless absolutely necessary
But, as wierd as this may sound, if you eat something that doesn't agree with your stomach, try chewing the brand 5 Gum. The peppermint one works absolute wonders, I'll chew one after a meal that upsets and one before bed.
Hope this helps. If you'd like, send me an e-mail and i'll see if I can help with some more tips that have worked for me

Patti - posted on 02/15/2010




Chew your food 20-30 times and don't overeat. When you feel yourself sigh, that means you are full.

Angie - posted on 02/15/2010




Eat less acidic foods and eat much smaller meals more frequently. Don't eat at least 3-4 hours before laying down.

Karen - posted on 02/15/2010




try cutting out acidy foods (anything tomato especially). i know it works wonders for both my husband and i.

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